ACLU of Mississippi hosts open forum to discuss realities of transgender individuals

May 15, 2017– Jackson, MS –Join the Transgender Education & Advocacy Program of Mississippi (TEAP-MS)as we host a panel discussion about the reality of transgender identity and the importance of activism.“Transality”will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom, located on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Campus(730 Beach Blvd E., Long Beach, MS 39560). 

Mesha Caldwell, a transgender woman, was killed in Mississippi this year. There have been at least nine other murders of transgender women of color across the country. These killings are directly related to discrimination against transgender people. This open forum will discuss strategies that help to reduce discrimination faced by transgender and other gender non-conforming people by examining life as a transgender person in Mississippi. Also, hear about the importance of advocating for non-discrimination policies on a local and state level that provides protections for all Mississippians, including transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. 

Some of the panelists includeMalaysia Walker(TEAP-MS Advocacy Coordinator),Molly Kester(Mississippi Rainbow Center),Cindy Eldridge(Department of Justice) and other prominent members from the Mississippi Gulf Coast community. 

For more information, visit us online at or contact Malaysia Walker at 601.354.3408 or via email to